Who Sits on the Largest Natural Gas Reserves in the World?

Natural Gas Reserves (As % of Worldwide Reserves) (%), 2017 or latest
Oil & Gas | December 25, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 98 countries in 2017, Russia ranked the highest in natural gas reserves as a share of worldwide reserves with 25.6% followed by Iran and Qatar. On the other end of the scale was Albania with < 0.001%, Dem. Republic of the Congo with < 0.001% and Greece with < 0.001%.

Data for more countries are available at Natural Gas Reserves (As % of Worldwide Reserves) indicator page.

Natural Gas Reserves (As % of Worldwide Reserves) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Algeria % 2.37% 2.34% 2.32% 2.28% 2.38%
China % 1.60% 1.57% 2.06% 2.23% 2.45%
Indonesia % 1.58% 2.07% 1.58% 1.50% 1.55%
Iran % 15.6% 17.2% 17.3% 17.1% 18.0%
Iraq % 1.67% 1.64% 1.63% 1.60% 1.67%
Kazakhstan % 1.27% 1.25% 1.24% 1.22% 1.27%
Mozambique % 0.067% 0.066% 0.066% 1.43% 1.50%
Nigeria % 2.79% 2.65% 2.66% 2.59% 2.70%
Qatar % 13.4% 13.1% 13.0% 12.7% 13.0%
Russia % 25.0% 24.7% 24.7% 24.2% 25.3%
Saudi Arabia % 4.11% 4.16% 4.21% 4.17% 4.41%
Turkmenistan % 3.95% 3.89% 3.87% 3.80% 3.97%
USA % 4.54% 4.91% 4.50% 4.85% ... ...
United Arab Emirates % 3.40% 3.16% 3.14% 3.08% 3.22%
Venezuela % 2.67% 2.87% 2.85% 2.82% 2.95%